Rescuing the marriage
The biggest endorsement of that cranky, centuries-old institution called marriage came this week not from the wise men who patrol the gates of the giant building with the sign ‘Moral Values’ hanging from its entrance, but from somewhere else. Homosexuals, till Monday, were allowed to join in ‘holy matrimony’ only in a handful of places. The Netherlands was the first country to legally allow same-sex marriage in April 2001 — rather ironic, considering that the Dutch marriage rate today is the lowest since 1945, the year when World War II ended and was followed by a rise in the number of marriages. Belgium allowed gay marriages in June 2003, with Canada, Spain and Britain following in 2005, South Africa in 2006 and Norway in 2007. In the United States, only the state of Massachussetts allowed gay marriages from 2004. On Monday, California joined the club with long-time partners Phyllis Lyon, 84, and Del Martin, 87, tying the knot at the San Francisco city hall.
So what is it about marriage that people denied the phenomenon are finally celebrating about? After all, the ‘till death do us part’, ‘in sickness and in health’ pati-patni quality of the edifice has been continuously chipped away, with divorce rates making marriages as permanent — and therefore infused with value — as a disposable shaving blade. It seems that the institution of marriage does retain a value, especially to those who hadn’t tasted it. How else can one explain the marriage of someone like Elton John to his partner David Furnish in 2005? The pop star — especially the pop star — is supposed to recognise and revel in the infra-digness of marriage, right? The ‘petit bourgeois’ quality of being ‘man and wife’ has been challenged by ‘man and man’ and ‘woman and woman’.
Which either makes gay people finally uncool. Or, marriage not so dreary an institution, after all. In the meantime, with Indian divorce rates on the rise, maybe it’s time to legalise homosexuality to protect family values.
Enter your email to get our daily newsletter in your inbox
- Sangma said the mineral, weighing truckloads, which were dumped in a scattered manner, were being tallied.
- ‘Khukuri’ a brand of Nepalese cigarette has captured the market in the border areas of US Nagar, Champawat and Pithoragarh. Over 90% of smokers prefer to purchase and smoke this not due to taste but its cheap prices, said an official.
- In 2016, the Supreme Court had placed a ban on animal fights during religious and cultural festivals.
- Air quality had remained in the poor to very poor category since the beginning of January owing to low temperatures. On January 8, the AQI was the worst at 317 (very poor) for this year.
- For the first time, TMC’s youth unit president and chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee stepped in to solve the crisis. He sent party spokesperson Kunal Ghosh to bring Roy to his office on Camac Street in south Kolkata and held a two-hour meeting on Friday.
- To meet Shah’s target of winning more than 200 of Bengal’s 294 assembly seats in 2021, the BJP has put together its biggest election machinery in the eastern state.
- More than 12,000 doses of the vaccine have reached Ladakh of which around 4,000 have been earmarked for armed forces personnel to protect them from Covid-19, the officials said speaking on condition of anonymity.
- MPW workers demand promotion and cadre-restructuring.
- Choudhury's comments came after the TMC had on Wednesday said the Congress and the Left should support Banerjee in her fight against the BJP, a suggestion rejected by the two parties.